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    ****2014 Crown Jewel Countdown: #1 - DE, Da'Shawn Hand****



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    Perfect size/speed combo. He is a menacing pass rusher. Currently has an NFL ready body,but can easily get to 280 and not lose a step. Could be a 4-3 DE at that weight and still be dominant. At the point of attack, Hand is aggressive and tactful. He consistently splits double-team blocking schemes with sheer power and elite quickness, while churning his feet and maintaining proper pad level. His tackling technique is predominately polished, particularly when it comes to wrapping up. Hand uses an exceptional wingspan to corral his target and finishes violently, frequently jarring the ball loose.


    His angle of pursuit to the quarterback is tremendous. Hand aims for a passer's midsection and identifies when a quarterback is in the midst of pulling the ball down and scrambling.




















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    I believe this kid would start for most schools in the country, but it just so happens that we've had an influx of talent at the DE position the past two classes. Hand is a dream recruit. Can (and will) play right away, great maturity, well-spoken, national recognition.....just an absolute stud. People had him pegged for Jack early on, but I think he will play DE but I don't think we will bulk him up too much, just so he can keep his speed. It's funny that we brought back DJ Pettway in the same class, because when I first saw Hand, he reminded me of a heavier, stronger Pettway out of HS. Now, Pettway is about the same size and very explosive- and if he walks the straight and narrow- will start ahead of Hand. However, in a lot of ways, they are the same player NOW--- the sky is the limit for Hand in the years to come.





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    Getting the #1 overall player has eluded Coach Saban until now. And what better time for him to be here. Like Rashaan Evans is a dream Jack, Hand is a dream DE in our scheme. He's big enough to set/hold the edge and fast to still be an elite pass rusher. His tackling is a certain as death & taxes. To be at the top of this amazing recruiting class says a lot. I think Mr. Hand will be an All-American before he leaves the Capstone.
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    Re: ****2014 Crown Jewel Countdown: #1 - DE, Da'Shawn Hand****

    "At the point of attack, Hand is aggressive and tactful."

    Fascinating... When he lines up, I imagine he might say "Excuse me sir, I'm going to destroy you." Does he pick QBs up after a sack and say "It's a pleasure to meet you?" Perhaps he always sends get well cards to his opponents...

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    Re: ****2014 Crown Jewel Countdown: #1 - DE, Da'Shawn Hand****

    Quote Originally Posted by DocCrimson View Post
    "At the point of attack, Hand is aggressive and tactful."
    Heh. I would prefer abrasive.
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    Re: ****2014 Crown Jewel Countdown: #1 - DE, Da'Shawn Hand****

    Just imagine this on third down: Hand at SDE, Liner and Allen on the inside, Evans at JACK with his hand down and Miller at SAM comin on a blitz. Now imagine Humphrey and Brown at cornerback. Now imagine Nick Saban is the Coach.

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    Re: ****2014 Crown Jewel Countdown: #1 - DE, Da'Shawn Hand****

    Has anyone heard any info on him during practice? I wonder how he is doing. I imagine he'll be in the rotation later in the year like A'Shawn was.

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    Re: ****2014 Crown Jewel Countdown: #1 - DE, Da'Shawn Hand****

    WMack,RTO and BET thank you guys for all the work and effort you put in the countdown. This is an amazing group of young men that should leave their mark in Bama history! RTR

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    Re: ****2014 Crown Jewel Countdown: #1 - DE, Da'Shawn Hand****

    Now if The coaches can just keep them hungry.
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    Re: ****2014 Crown Jewel Countdown: #1 - DE, Da'Shawn Hand****

    Quote Originally Posted by TouchThatThang View Post
    Just imagine this on third down: Hand at SDE, Liner and Allen on the inside, Evans at JACK with his hand down and Miller at SAM comin on a blitz. Now imagine Humphrey and Brown at cornerback. Now imagine Nick Saban is the Coach.
    Robinson would replace Liner. But good all around.


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    Re: ****2014 Crown Jewel Countdown: #1 - DE, Da'Shawn Hand****

    Quote Originally Posted by JBama_in_PCOLA View Post
    Robinson would replace Liner. But good all around.


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    I'm thinkin of their junior year. Not sure they'll all be on the field at the same time before then. Lotta talent in front of them.

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    Re: ****2014 Crown Jewel Countdown: #1 - DE, Da'Shawn Hand****

    Quote Originally Posted by TouchThatThang View Post
    I'm thinkin of their junior year. Not sure they'll all be on the field at the same time before then. Lotta talent in front of them.
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    Re: ****2014 Crown Jewel Countdown: #1 - DE, Da'Shawn Hand****

    I love the comment about his tackling being as sure as "death and taxes" Mack.

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    Re: ****2014 Crown Jewel Countdown: #1 - DE, Da'Shawn Hand****

    I would love to see him stay in the 270 - 280 range. I do not want any 300 pound DE's.
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    Re: ****2014 Crown Jewel Countdown: #1 - DE, Da'Shawn Hand****

    Quote Originally Posted by Philippines View Post
    I would love to see him stay in the 270 - 280 range. I do not want any 300 pound DE's.
    I agree on Da'Shawn but we need 300 lb DE's against some schools (LSU, ARK, GA). A'Shawn is 320 lbs and is our best DE (will play some NT also).

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